Chilcot: 'The Iraq war was really about tying British foreign policy to George Bush', says Stop the War Coalition

Chilcot: 'The Iraq war was really about tying British foreign policy to George Bush', says Stop the War Coalition

Chris Nineham says Tony Blair told several lies about the war

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Iraq war wasn't about the threat to world peace, it was about tying British foreign policy to George Bush, says a founder member of the Stop the War Coalition.

Sir John Chilcot has claimed in an interview that Tony Blair was not straight with the nation about his decisions in the lead up to the Iraq war, a year since publishing his report on the matter.

Chris Nineham told Julia Hartley-Brewer he believes Tony Blair "lied serially over the build up to the war. The lies were about, actually, the attempt to justify the war.

"One of the central lies was that he was arguing Saddam Hussein was a threat to Britain and a threat to world peace. That wasn’t true."

He thinks the war was really about "tying British foreign policy 100% to this neo-conservative imperialist George Bush.

"If you think we need a more peaceful Middle East and we need democracy then it was clearly the wrong thing to do."

Nineham added that politicians aren't concerned about humanitarian issues, "they’re concerned about geo-politics. They’re politicians, they’re cynical."

However Julia got rather annoyed when Nineham when he tried to inflate the number of people who attended the protest against the Iraq invasion in 2003.

Nineham claimed 2 million people joined the protest - only for Julia to quickly point out that the real number was closer to 1 million.

Listen to the full interview above